News March 1, 2018

Maggie Collins launches music services company Morning Belle, wants to “make a positive difference in the industry”

Maggie Collins launches music services company Morning Belle, wants to “make a positive difference in the industry”

Artist manager, radio broadcaster and festival programmer Maggie Collins has launched a music services company called Morning Belle.

It will serve as a home for her artist management and event/venue programming, and allow her to expand those activities.

“In the eleven years I’ve been working in the industry I’ve learned, I’ve won, I’ve lost, I’ve collaborated and I’ve created a real ethos around how the game should work and it’s time for me to step out and bring it all together with Morning Belle,” said Collins.

“The vehicle to grow projects and make a positive difference in the industry is an exciting thing to be driving and I’m looking forward to taking things to the next level.”

Collins was music director of Brisbane community radio station 4ZZZ and served as manager of acts DZ Deathrays (whose new album Bloody Lovely entered the ARIA chart this week at #4), The John Steel Singers and The Creases.

She was programmer of BIGSOUND, and got a particular nod for the way its programming closed the gender gap.

In 2016, SBS included her in its list of “next wave of young Australian feminists” citing “a keen interest in women in music and promoting the development of more women in the management side of the industry.”

She has had multiple jobs within triple j (Unearthed new music show Tops included) and Double J, on-air as well as in production roles – working on shows including Weekends, Home & Hosed, Good Nights and The J Files

Morning Belle got its name from a lyric by Fergus Miller, best known as Bored Nothing, who died, at the age of 26 after a battle with depression.

According to Collins, “The company’s name will serve as a reminder to forever strive for the same integrity and authenticity in its work, that Fergus had in his music.”

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